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China Wins Another Diving Gold

Friday, August 27, 2004; Page D15

The names may change. Not the results. China still rules the Olympic diving pool.

The Chinese earned another gold medal in diving -- their fifth of the Athens Games -- when Guo Jingjing easily won the women's three-meter springboard. Teammate Wu Minxia took the silver, making it a 1-2 finish for the world's diving superpower.


China's Guo Jingjing dives in the three-meter women's springboard final. Guo won the gold medal, continuing China's dominance in the sport. (Damir Sagolj - Reuters)


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The bronze went to Russia's Yulia Pakhalina.

It was the fifth straight win on springboard for the Chinese women, and the five gold medals match the country's total from the Sydney Games in 2000. It can surpass that standard in the final diving event of these games: men's 10-meter platform, which begins Friday.

The once dominant U.S. team is also holding course -- and facing its most dismal Olympics since 1912, the only time the Americans failed to win at least one diving medal in a Games in which they competed. They have yet to climb the podium in Athens.

Rachelle Kunkel of West Valley City, Utah, finished ninth on the springboard, and the platform men aren't considered strong medal contenders.

The United States managed only one medal at Sydney -- Laura Wilkinson's surprising gold in platform -- and it appears these games will be even worse.

China won its first springboard gold in 1988, when Gao Min captured the first of two straight titles. Fu Mingxia won gold in Atlanta and Sydney before giving way to Guo, who was the silver medalist four years ago.


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